Sister Michaeline O’Dwyer, RSHM, died at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. She was 86 years of age and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 67 years.
She was born Mary Jane O’Dwyer in New York City, NY, on September 24, 1936, to John and Helen Hayes O’Dwyer.
She received a BA in Biology and English from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY; an MS in Biology from Fordham University, Bronx, NY; and an RN from Marymount University, Arlington, VA.
After graduating from the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Park Terrace, NYC, she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at the RSHM Novitiate in Tarrytown, NY, on September 8, 1954. She made her first vows on April 1, 1956, in Tarrytown, where she also made her final vows on August 28, 1961.
She was assigned to teach third and fourth grade at St. Andrew’s School, Sag Harbor, NY (1956-1959). From there, she moved to Garden City, NY, where she taught fifth grade at St. Anne’s School (1959-1961). She returned to Sag Harbor, where she taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary for a short time, before becoming a full-time student at Fordham University, Bronx, NY (1961-1963).
After completing her MS in Biology, Sr. Michaeline went to Marymount Junior College of VA (now Marymount University) in Arlington, VA, where she taught and also earned an RN (1963-1970).
She spent many years in Rome at Marymount International School Rome, Italy, as teacher, housemother, and nurse (1970-1976) and as principal (1976-1984).
After a sabbatical at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, she stayed there working in public relations and publications before becoming Director of Foundation Giving and Public Relations (1984-1997).
She served the RSHM Eastern American Area as Provincial Secretary (1997-2003) and Provincial Councilor (2003-2009).
She moved to England to become the interim headmistress of Marymount International School, London (2009-2010). She returned to Rome to live at Marymount International School. From there she served all of the RSHM schools in Europe. In Rome, she was school administrator of Istituto Marymount (2012-2013) and worked with alumni of Marymount International School. She spent a year in France as the temporary head of Marymount International School, Paris (2017-2018). She was a Board member of Istituto Marymount, MIS Paris, and MIS London.
In 2018, after many years of keeping contact and working with the alumni wherever she was living, she was named alumni coordinator of Marymount International School, Rome. She served in this position until 2022.
She moved to Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY in 2022 and was a member of the Convent community at the time of her death.
Sister Michaeline is predeceased by her parents, her sister Kathleen, and brother Michael. She is survived by her sisters Joan and Evelyn, her brother Edward, nieces and nephews, and by the members of her RSHM family.
Services at Marymount Convent, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown, NY. Visiting Monday, July 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, July 18, 10:30 am. Burial Mount Calvary Cemetery, White Plains.
We invite you to join us for the live-streamed Vigil Service and Mass of Christian Burial on our website (www.rshm-east.org), where it will be archived.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY, 10591.